To help ease back-to-school apprehension, try to ease kids into a consistent school night routine before the beginning of the school year. In particular, be sure they:
- get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast (set a reasonable bedtime to ensure they are well-rested, and help keep them alert with a balanced, low-sugar breakfast)
- compile a list of need-to-know information to help them remember important details (i.e., class schedule, classroom numbers, teachers' names, bus drivers' names, and bus number, etc.)
- simplify by using a calendar - record all assignment and project due dates, test dates, extracurricular activities, gym days, etc.
- get organized and encourage them to set out everything they need the night before (completed homework and books should be placed in backpacks and clothes should be laid out for the next morning before bedtime)